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december-twitter-partyIt’s hard to believe that the holidays are only a few weeks away! With the hustle and bustle of the season comes lots of excitement, and we experience many things out of our normal routine – like annual holiday decorating and entertaining friends and family we haven’t seen in ages. With all the happy chaos, it’s important to remember that safety should be top of mind…so we hosted a Twitter party to discuss.

We appreciate all the parents out there who joined us yesterday for our #SafeHome4Holidays party – we had a blast! We had lots of engaged participants, gave away four $25 Amazon gift cards to use towards holiday home safety prep, and shared lots of great information. If you missed the fun, don’t worry because you are in luck! We want to share a few of the holiday safety tips we learned:

Talk to Your Kids: The first step is to have a conversation about safety with your kids. For example, let them know they should never touch the glass panel on the fireplace and explain the consequences. Maybe tie it into a bedtime story or talk while settling down for family time around the fireplace.

Supervise: Injury can happen in an instant, especially with kids, so it is important for parents, family, and friends to help monitor and supervise.

Get a Barrier: When family and friends are gathered around your gas fireplace, it is important that a physical barrier is put in place to reduce the risk of serious burns by preventing direct contact with the glass front. Parents should contact their hearth specialty retailer, like Heat and Glo, for advice on the types of safety devices that may be available for your product.

Wait for Cool Down: Wait for the gas fireplace and glass panel to cool down before allowing anyone to get near it. Cool down can take a long time – an hour or more. Always consider the glass as potentially hot and steer children away from it.

Monitor Holiday Lighting: Whether it is the twinkling tree lights, extension cords used to illuminate decorations or the extra candles scattered for the perfect ambiance, monitor these sources of light by using indoor lights indoors (and outdoor lights outdoors), placing cords against the wall to avoid tripping hazard and not running them underneath rugs, and positioning candles away from flammable decorations. 

Observe Tree Safety: Position your tree a safe distance from fireplaces and other sources of heat, and keep the tree filled with water so it does not dry out quickly and create a fire hazard. Turn off all lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

We especially want to thank our sponsors and fireplace experts – the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association and Heat and Glo – for answering all of our questions and reminding parents about tips to keep their kiddos safe and sound this winter. Feel free to reach out to HPBA and Heat and Glo directly with any further questions.

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